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12.03.2009 NDC News

Volta NDC cries foul

By Daily Guide

THE VOLTA Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a stern warning to three media house to retract stories they carried that were purported to have emanated from the regional secretariat.

The three media houses are Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, the Chronicle and DAILY GUIDE newspapers.

DAILY GUIDE's story with the heading “Volta NDC Goes Wild” was published in the Monday, March 9 edition of the paper.

Addressing the media in Ho, Regional NDC Chairman, Modestus Ahiable said the stories carried by the three media houses did not emanate from the secretariat.

According to him, the Regional Secretariat had not complained about being left out of the appointments being made by President John Evans Atta Mills.

He also refuted allegations of intended resignations or defections to other political parties.

Mr. Ahiable argued that the media reports were misleading and had the potential to cast the region in a bad light.

The reports seemed to suggest that the regional secretariat was allegedly fuming over the exclusion of its members for consideration for various positions in the current administration despite their contributions to the NDC's victory.

The chairman indicated that the members had not met anywhere to take such decisions and that if one person went his or her way to talk to the media, it should not be misconstrued to be coming from the secretariat.

He said the Volta Regional Secretariat, having succeeded in delivering victory to the party, could not go round to make such miscalculated remarks.

Mr. Ahiable therefore gave the three media houses a two-week ultimatum to provide the name or names of the people who made the statement or face the 'wrath' of the party.

He said members of the secretariat only applied for the positions of Municipal or District Chief Executives.

He appealed to the media to cross-check from the secretariat when they have any information and not be mischievous with stories from faceless people.

In a related development, the Chairman is calling for an investigation into two deaths that occurred at the residence of the former Regional Minister, Kofi Dzamasi.

Chief Superintendent Theo Nartey, the Municipal Police Commander was alleged to have been shot by one Daniel Agbale who supposedly went to the Regional Minister's house to assassinate him.

The alleged assassin reportedly went into the Minister's kitchen and picked a knife to kill him only to be confronted by the police. In an ensuing struggle to disarm him, the assassin seized a gun from the police and shot the Commander.

Mr. Ahiable said they smell a rat and want a proper investigation into the matter conducted by the police.

He also called for an investigation into the whereabouts of about GH¢400,000 that allegedly 'vanished' from the regional administration under the former regional minister.

Present at the meeting were the Regional Minister, Joseph Amenowode; Francis Ganyaglo, Regional Secretary; Maxwell Owusu-Siaw, Youth Organiser; Nicholas Fattoh, Propaganda Secretary; and Hajia Hawa Hamidu, Deputy Propaganda Secretary.

From Wisdom Peter Awuku & Wise Donkor, Ho